Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM
Oberlin College received national and international media attention this week for canceling a day of classes after racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay messages appeared across campus. Class was back in session on Tuesday. But the investigation continues into who is responsible. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports.
According to an incident report released by Oberlin city police, notes containing slurs and swastikas began to appear around campus on Feb. 9. The last message mentioned in the report was found on Feb. 16. The report says the information came from campus security, who contacted police. Police say they’re still investigating.
In one incident, eight professors and one administrative assistant received hate messages in file folders outside their office doors. In another incident, a flyer containing racist and anti-gay slurs appeared in the college Multicultural Resource Center. These were two of more than a dozen incidents mentioned in the report.
Early Monday morning, the college says, one student reported seeing someone wearing what appeared to be a white hood and robe. Local police say they have not yet corroborated that report.
Oberlin’s police chief told the Associated Press that two students are being investigated in connection with the hate messages, and that the college may discipline them—but that no criminal charges have been filed.
The college would not confirm that. A spokesman said Oberlin would come forward with more information when the investigation is finished.
Education, Miscellaneous, Race
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